C. Jack Tucker (1940 - 2012)

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C. Jack Tucker

Rock Hill

Charles Jackson (Jack) Tucker, PhD, age 71, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Rice Estate, Columbia, SC.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 19th at 11 am at Rock Hill First Presbyterian Church with the Dr. John Todd officiating, followed by a 4 PM graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Greenville, SC.

Jack was born September 25, 1940 in Greenville, SC to the late Greene Franklin and Edna Babb Tucker. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1958 and attended the University of South Carolina for two years where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. He transferred to Furman University, graduating in 1962. After teaching at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville for one year, he attended the University of Georgia in Athens where he received his Master of Arts and later his PhD. He taught at Furman University, the University of Alabama and Clark College of Atlanta University before coming to Winthrop University in 1980 where he served as Chairman of the Sociology Department for 18 years. After stepping down as Chairman in 1998 he continued teaching until his retirement in 2006 at which time he was awarded Professor Emeritus status. After retiring, Jack volunteered at the Adult Literacy Center where he continued his lifelong passion of teaching. He also volunteered at the York County Public Library. Jack's skills in the classroom made a lasting impact on all of his students, many who went on to pursue careers in the fields of sociology and demography.

Jack researched and wrote numerous journal articles as well as presented papers at professional meetings. He served as President of the Southern Demographic Association and was very active in the American Sociology Association and the Population Association of America. He served as Chairman of the Policy Board of the SC Gerontology Center from 1992-1999 and as a Consultant on Aging with the SC Department of Health and Human Services. He served as Chairman of the Mature Adults Subcommittee of the SC Long Term Care Council and Human Services Coordinating Council in 1996 and 1997. He coauthored the book York County South Carolina, Its People and Its Heritage which was published in 1983.

One of the highlights of Jack's life was in 1990 at the age of 60 when he skydived for the first time. It was truly a memorable experience for Jack though he never would admit that he had to be pushed from the airplane.

Jack is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linder Carter Tucker; his son, John Carter Tucker and his wife, Karen White Tucker of Columbia; his daughter, Laura Bray Tucker of North Bethesda, Maryland; and three grandsons of whom he was extremely proud, William Carter Tucker, Matthew Jennings Tucker and Andrew Ellis Tucker, all of Columbia. He is also survived by his brother, Greene Franklin Tucker, Jr. and his wife, Joyce of Greenville, SC; three nieces; and one nephew as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by one brother, Don Robert Tucker; and one sister, Mary Tucker Cruikshank.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel in Rock Hill from 6:00 - 7:30 pm on Friday, May 18th.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Winthrop University Department of Sociology and Anthropology Fund, c/o Winthrop Foundation, 302 Tillman Hall, Rock Hill, SC 29733; First Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill, PO Box 1011, Rock Hill, SC 29731; or to the .

Condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.

Published in The Greenville News on May 18, 2012
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